Partitions need to be 2-5 times bigger than necessary
Partitions fail, for the most part, when there is too much data on them. So giving each partition plenty of room to breathe is paramount. Also, ANY drive that is not maintained properly, i.e. defragmented on a regular basis, is more prone to failure. We're still talking mechanical movement and as such, the less movement, the longer (in general) the drive will last.
The reason I am using partitions is so that each computer can be backed up easily by my customers who are NOT computer literate. Teaching them about ''folders'' is nigh unto impossible for some to understand - I don't know if any of you have had customers who are just don't get computers and need a massive amount of handholding. I dont' mind at all, and some of my clientel are very computer phobic. Even though they know they need computers and know they need to do backups they also have a very hard time with these concepts so I MUST make it easy for them.
By giving the externals largepartitions, (50+ gigs for 10-20 gig hard drives), I leave plenty of room not only for the backups, but for other files they need to put on the drives from their respective comptuers.
The external is something they can SEE and so they feel more comfortable backing up to the external rather than to an internal which they can't get to. It's a matter of perception for the customer.
I am going to try the partitions and Acronis. I will post my experiences as they come up.
I've been a computer technician for 17 years, (A+ since 1998 - big whooooop riiiiight...) but was out of the loop for about 18 months and now just returning to find a LOT Of hardware changes. Not unusual, so I thought I'd touch base with others who have had experience - always a good thing to do when you ''feel'' rusty.
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